The group of cardinal advisers, sometimes referred to as the C9 because it previously had nine members, was established by Pope Francis in 2013, to “assist him in the governance of the universal Church,” as well as to revise the text of the 1988 apostolic constitution Pastor bonus.
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Pope Francis and the ‘council of cardinals’ held their 20th round of meetings in Rome this week.
In a lengthy and forceful annual Christmas message to the Roman Curia, the Pope outlines his vision for further Curial reform.
The majority of discussion focused on proposals surrounding different Vatican departments. Cardinal Sean O’Malley of Boston also led an 'exchange of thoughts' on Pope’s motu proprio that stipulates that neglect on the part of a bishop in abuse cases is sufficient grounds to remove him from office.
The Holy Father told the synod on the family Oct. 22 that the new office has been established as part of his reform of the Curia.
The Holy Father accepted a proposal discussed by the council of cardinals to create a new judicial entity to deal specifically with the hot-button issue.
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The Holy See also appointed Cardinal Rainer Maria Woelki to the Administration of the Patrimony of the Apostolic See.